Daydreaming and Creative Thinking

Daydreaming and Creative Thinking

Great ideas come when you least expect them. Daydreaming and creative thinking are very much related in that regard.  Some of the greatest minds in the world also knew that.  Daydreaming has led to some of the world’s greatest discoveries such as:

  • Nikola Tesla and all of his numerous inventions
  • Albert Einstein and his theory of relativity and other ideas
  • Sir Isaac Newton and his discovery of gravity

Albert Einstein referred to daydreaming as “thought experiments.” Some of these experiments led him to ideas that became some of his greatest works known today.

What is the common denominator?

You are at your creative best when you are free to think. Sometimes it’s when you’re in the shower or waiting for a bus. Maybe your next big idea came to you when you were looking up at the dark skies pondering the stars.

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That’s why so many creative people make time for reflection and relaxation. There is a stereotype that creative’s are lazy, but that is changing. In a study from August of 2012, psychologists discovered that if you allow your mind to wander, it can be helpful in creative problem solving.  Psychologists from the University of California have also discovered connections between daydreaming and problem-solving more creatively.

“There are many anecdotes that the daydreaming and creative thinking process would increase when engaged in unrelated thoughts. This anecdote dates back thousands of years.”

 

daydreaming and creative thinking

Sometimes it’s hard to shut off the noise around you in any given moment

Most creative moments occur when your brain is at rest. Free from the everyday stresses and not staring at a screen. When staring at a monitor or small screen, the brain is in a state much different to that of daydreaming. It’s not a coincidence that there are similarities to meditation which I have spoken of many times. I’ve created a creative meditation which is about 8 minutes long. You can download it here. Using tools like mindfulness meditation can help put your mind into the correct mental state.

Daydreaming in the workplace

Most businesses look at daydreaming as a negative. Perhaps it would reflect a lazy and unproductive employee. However, the opposite effect occurs. If business leaders would look at the science and the benefits of allowing daydreaming and creativity in the workplace, they could increase productivity and overall job satisfaction. Some of the most innovative companies in the world including Nasa and Google absolutely, are aware of the benefits. In fact, Nasa has programs and courses that focus exclusively on creativity.

Conclusion

Daydreaming and creative thinking is the way to find that creative boost that you may be looking for. Don’t let anyone tell you to not be a dreamer. Dreaming is what gives a reason to find new innovative ideas. Are you a daydreamer? Let’s talk about it in the comments below.

 

Much Love on your creative journey

Anders Vanderkool

Creativity Can Reduce Stress and It’s Easy

There are many simple ways that creativity can reduce stress.

Creativity can reduce stress. It is as simple as that. If your like the majority of people in the world, stress controls your life on an everyday basis. Maybe you work a stressful job or something personal is weighing on you. If you’re anything like me, it’s hard to shut off the brain.

In fact, we have created a society that makes it impossible not to have significant daily stresses that impact us.

Some people look to drugs or alcohol as an escape-this blog post is not about that. It’s simply to provide creative solutions to managing your stress effectively.

Firstly, to understand why creativity is a such a great tool for dealing with stress, we must understand what the flow state is and what it does.

Creativity Can Reduce StressThe flow state is that place where you’re perfectly focused and engaged on something. Perhaps it’s doing something artistic or simply just folding the laundry. For some people, time moves fast and for others- it moves slow. This place is similar to the meditative state and has similar benefits as those found in meditation.

The flow state is regarded as being essential to humans and our intelligence.

Everyone is capable of finding a creative activity and finding the flow. Do something you enjoy doing and you will forget-even if it’s for a short time, those things that are currently haunting you.

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Here are a just a few random suggestions for creative activities that can relieve stress.

Take A Photos With Your Smartphone

Find something normal like pineapple or an interesting tree in your backyard. Try to capture aspects of the subject matter in a different way we would normally see it.

Gardening

Or weeding. It’s a great way to connect with nature and grow your own food at the same time. Not only is it a great way to find the “flow” – it can be great exercise at the same time.
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Cutting The Grass

I find this a great way of being creative. Don’t follow the same path week after week. Throw on some interesting jazz music and you will find that peace.

Read A Book

Visualizing what your reading is as creative as it gets. The journey a creative imagination can takes you on is endless…

Organize A Collection

Revisit that old collection of comics or sports cards. It’s like reconnecting with an old friend and a ton of fun trying to convince your spouse that it needs to be on display.

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Rearranging Furniture.

It’s self explanatory but tons of fun and usually becomes a fresh way of looking at things. An analogy of sorts for your life. Maybe?

These are just some random examples that you may have never thought of as creative.  Remember creativity is simply taking a thought or idea and doing something with it. Let your brain think about something else for while. Let creativity help reduce the stress. Try it and you will see that creativity can reduce stress.

Anders Vanderkool